The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill: A Novel

The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill: A Novel

by James Charlesworth


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ISBN-13: 9781510731790
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 360
Sales rank: 213,280
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

James Charlesworth is a recipient of the Martin Dibner Fellowship from the Maine Community Foundation and an MFA from Emerson College. He lives north of Boston and is at work on his second book. The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill is his first novel.

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The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
CathyGeha 6 days ago
The Patricide of George Benjamin Hill by James Charlesworth Dysfunctional family – to put it mildly. I am not sure ANYONE in this story was “normal” or that they had the chance to be so. I am not sure if it was nature or nurture that caused the fractures and issues but boy did this story provide some strange characters with unusual issues and outlooks on life. The fact that most of the people blamed one person for their problems and all that negative happenings in their lives made me wonder why they didn’t accept some of the blame themselves. The story has many characters with one central figure, George Benjamin Hill, that the others were related to. There were two wives and four children all of whom were greatly impacted by that central figure. The story begins with George and how he ended up in California with a few clues provided as to why he became the man he did. It then moves on to his first wife and the children he had with her and how he and those two sons ended up in a larger family with another woman and two more children. From California to Alaska and what happened there and then on to how George’s adult children turned out and what they were up to as they neared the half century mark of their own lives is all part and parcel of this sweeping story. Whether or not the greed of one man, George, is the reason so many lives turned out less than desirable is a question only the reader can decide. This book was a bit disconnected feeling at times with so many people to follow and with their stories unfolding in a non-linear way. Also, tidbits that would have made the story clear and actions more understood by the reader were at times not made apparent till further along in the story. I almost gave up a few times but there was something compelling about the family that kept me reading...only to come to the end wishing many of the people I had read about could have had a different end to their stories. This is not light easy reading and does make the reader think not only about places but about people, motivation, family, mental health, choices one makes and the impact those choices have on self and others. Thank you to NetGalley and Skyhorse Publishing – Arcade for the ARC- This is my honest review. 4 Stars